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2009 BMW X3

Midsize luxury SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Front and rear head curtain airbags and front door-mounted torso airbags (standard) and rear door-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover (2008-10 models)
3
Electronic stability control; includes roll stability control to minimize the possibility of rollover
4
Antilock brakes
5
Programmable daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2007
G
P
2006
G
P
2005
G
P
2004
G
P

Applies to 2004-10 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The BMW X3 was introduced in the 2004 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag, which had deployed during the crash.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 BMW X3 3.0si 4wd
Weight 4,043 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front door-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length180 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.0 L 6-cylinder
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0722
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)8
Left (cm)6
Center (cm)5
Right (cm)5
Brake pedal (cm)3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)7
Rearward (cm)1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0722
Head
HIC-15539
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)18
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)42
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.7
Femur force - right (kN)1.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.45
Maximum tibia index - right0.32
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left63
Right51

Applies to 2008-10 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The BMW X3 was introduced in the 2004 model year. Beginning with 2008 models, changes were made to the front torso airbags and the front and rear door trim panels to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the door.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2008 BMW X3 3.0si 4wd
Weight 4,054 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front door-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length180 in.
Width73 in.
Engine3.0 L 6-cylinder
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0739
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-11.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0739
Head HIC-15148
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)36
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)41
Average deflection (mm)34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.63
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.75
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.9
Acetabulum force (kN)1.8
Combined force (kN)4.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.3
L-M moment (Nm)157
A-P moment (Nm) 26

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0739
Head HIC-15103
Neck
Tension (kN)0.1
Compression (kN)0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)27
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)22
Average deflection (mm)18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.75
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.24
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.0
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)3.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)46
A-P moment (Nm) -21

Applies to 2008-10 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Comfort seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeComfort seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)4
Distance below top of head (mm)18
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.0
Head contact time (ms)36
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)64
Max neck tension (N)453

Applies to 2008-10 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Standard seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeStandard seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)37
Distance below top of head (mm)44
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.0
Head contact time (ms)60
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)1
Max neck tension (N)482

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